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MSNBC’s Morning Joe blasts Mike Pence and Melania Trump for boosting ‘faux outrage’ over Barron reference at impeachment

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ripped Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump for boosting “faux outrage” over the mention of Barron Trump during an impeachment hearing.

Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan invoked the first name of President Donald Trump’s 13-year-old son to make a pun to illustrate the difference between democratic government and aristocratic titles, and Pence and the first lady publicly complained.

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“There’s only one person that should be ashamed, Mike Pence,” Scarborough said. “Oh my god.”

The Trump re-election campaign also released a statement denouncing the reference, for which Kaplan apologized, and the “Morning Joe” host accused Pence and Melania Trump of hypocrisy.

“By the way, Melania Trump, I’m still waiting for her to ask her husband to apologize for face-shaming my wife, lying about my wife, saying that she was bleeding badly from a facelift, taking a personal conversation, a private conversation and she never — never did anything,” Scarbough said. “I think she actually attacked Mika, and for her husband lying and face-shaming and talking about, you know, seriously this is — these people have no — think about all the people that Donald Trump has attacked viciously and Melania Trump has quietly sat by and said nothing.”

Scarborough agreed that Karlan had made an error in judgment in bringing up the name of a minor child in a political attack on the president, but he said Trump had repeatedly done far worse.

“There are was a word play, she shouldn’t have done it — just stay away,” he said. “But at the same time, the faux outrage coming from people who — I mean, the guy has basically called me a murderer. I didn’t hear Melania say, ‘don’t do that.'”

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Five things to watch for at the Grammys

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Music's glitterati will sparkle on the red carpet at this Sunday's Grammy awards, which honors the top hits and artists of the year.

Scandal at the Recording Academy, which puts on the show, has overwhelmed the lead-up to the glam event, but there are still plenty of musical moments to watch for.

Here is our quick guide to the event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:

- Women poised to lead -

Women dominated at last year's gala and are leading the pack this year as well, with the twerking flautist Lizzo and the teenage goth-pop phenomenon Billie Eilish expected to battle for the top awards.

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Mexican children take up arms in fight against drug gangs

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With baseball caps and scarves covering their faces, only their serious eyes are visible as a dozen children stand to attention, rifles by their side.

In the heart of the violence-plagued Mexican state of Guerrero, learning to use weapons starts at an early age.

In the village of Ayahualtempa, at the foot of a wooded hill, the basketball court serves as a training ground for these youths, aged between five and 15.

The children practice with rifles and handguns or makeshift weapons in various drill positions for a few hours every week.

"Position three!" yells instructor Bernardino Sanchez, a member of the militia responsible for the security of 16 villages in the Guerrero area, which goes by the name of Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF).

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Delta fined $50,000 for discriminating against Muslim passengers

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Delta Air Lines was Friday fined $50,000 by the US Department of Transportation to settle allegations it discriminated against three Muslim passengers who were ordered off their planes.

In its consent order, the department said it found Delta "engaged in discriminatory conduct" and violated anti-discrimination laws when it removed the three passengers.

In one incident on July 26, 2016, a Muslim couple were removed from Delta Flight 229 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris after a passenger told a flight attendant their behavior made her "very uncomfortable and nervous".

"Mrs X" was wearing a head scarf and the passenger said "Mr X" had inserted something into his watch.

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